Jefferson Township Local Schools has a chance to get a new pre-kindergarten through 12th grade building, if voters approve a combined 10.07 mill levy issue on the May ballot.
“If we pass this levy, the state will pay 41 percent of the building cost,” said Chris Frame, district treasurer. “This is our time to be eligible (for funding) with the state of Ohio. We think it’s an opportunity that we cannot pass up.”
Frame added that a new building that would house all grades would be more cost efficient.
“It provides a 21st century learning environment with up-to-date technology, classrooms, and science labs. Our students will need these so that they can compete for jobs in the future,” said Superintendent Richard Gates. “The passing of Issue 17 will provide a warm, safe, and dry new school to reduce operating costs and improve learning conditions for all of our children.”
Right now, pre-K thru 6th grade is housed in Blairwood Elementary on Blairwood Avenue. The building is more than 50 years-old, according to Frame. Grades 7-12 are housed three miles away at Jefferson High School on South Union Road.
The district has approximately 450 students with approximately 200 in the high school building, which also is nearly 50-years-old.
The levies, known as Issue 17, include an 8.37 mill bond levy that is for a period of 37 years and an 1.70 mill continuous permanent improvement levy. These levies combined will cost a homeowner of an $100,000 home an additional $308.39 in taxes, according to Montgomery County Auditor’s office.
“The levy we’re talking about right now was on the ballot in November and was defeated by 56 votes,” Frame said.
Beverly Moore, treasurer for the Citizens for Jefferson Township Local Schools,is hoping this time around their levy campaign team will do a better job of getting the word out.
“This is probably our last opportunity to get this (new school building),” she said. “We need to think about how it is going to benefit (the students).” We need to think about them and how they would benefit from it.”
The Dayton Daily News made more than 20 phone calls to residents living in the township. Those who opposed the levies declined to comment.
If voters approve the levy issue and the state pays 41 percent of the building cost, then the new building will be placed next to the existing high school.
“It is important to pass this levy to protect the property values of the homes in our community,” Gates said. “Last, but not least, passage of the levy supports our school district that is continuously improving on our Ohio Department of Education report card.”
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Jefferson Township Local Schools
Request: A 10.07 mill levy issue that is a combination of an 8.37 mill bond levy and a 1.70 mill permanent improvement levy.
Cost: A home owner with a $100,000 home would pay an additional $308.39 increase in taxes.
Number of students: Approximately 450